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EU missions deeply concerned by number of Palestinian deaths


08:31, January 31, 2013

RAMALLAH, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU)'s missions in the Palestinian territories said Wednesday they were " deeply concerned" by the number of Palestinians Israel killed recently.

In a statement, the EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah said that some incidents involved recourse by Israeli forces to lethal force. "It is important that any such incidents are investigated thoroughly," the statement said.

Earlier this week, an Israeli human rights group, B'Tselem said that 10 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank over the past seven years in incidents that involved the Israeli forces using " crowd control" weapons.

"We reiterate the need for security forces, whether Israeli or Palestinian, to refrain from use of lethal force, except in cases where there is a real and imminent threat to life," the EU statement said.

Moreover, the EU missions expressed their concern at the continuing incursions by Israeli forces into Palestinian- controlled territories, known as Area.

Shadi Othman, a spokesman for the EU Commission in Jerusalem, said the statement aims at securing efforts to resume peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, which stopped in 2010 over a dispute on Jewish settlement activities.

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